Controversial high-speed rail link to slash travel times between Hong Kong and China

 

News article: Controversial high-speed rail link to slash travel times between Hong Kong and China

Hong Kong is preparing to open a controversial high speed rail link that promises to slash travel times to mainland China.

  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
I thought there already was a co-located immigration checkpoint at Hung Hom terminus for the through trains to China. Or is that not the case? 

Controversial high-speed rail link to slash travel times between Hong Kong and China

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  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
I thought there already was a co-located immigration checkpoint at Hung Hom terminus for the through trains to China. Or is that not the case?
"GeoffreyHansen"


I have not made that trip since about 1992. At that time at the KCR station in HK had an airport-like environment, with passports needed and mainland Chinese officials beyond the gate. Perhaps they were railway officials rather than immigration officials. The trains were manned by PRC staff who kept the toilets locked until we passed Lo Wu. The journey took a few hours but the view was good all the way. Then more officials and forms before we allowed out of the station at Canton.

I expect that market will settle down like in Taipei. There the high-speed station is also underground with an underground route through the suburbs. If you are in a hurry you use the high-speed train, otherwise the surface trains are frequent, often full and not particularly slow..
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The new station design which I have sighted in Hong Kong has passport control for China and from China.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
So what is the arrangement for the existing through trains? Do passengers have to go through passport control once they get into China?

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